With more than 20 classes at the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop, it can be hard to choose the class that’s right for you. But we’re here to help. We’ve put together this guide to help you figure out which classes match your interests and experience level. You’ll be immersed in the class of your choice during your time at the workshop.

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact the MIPA office at [email protected] or 517-353-6761 and one of our team members would be happy to talk to you.

What’s your experience with journalism and student media (i.e., newspaper, yearbook, broadcast program or news website) at your school?

I don't have any experience or my school doesn't have any student media.

We have a variety of classes to help introduce you to journalism and media.

  • Middle School Journalism Experience: This is a great class for a student in grades 6-8 who is interested in reporting and journalism. You’ll get an overview on how to report the news.
  • Writing & Packaging the News: This is a great class for a high school student who has never taken a journalism course. The emphasis of this course is on reporting and writing. It’s great for students who plan to join the staff of their student newspaper or news website this coming school year, or for those who want to learn the basics of journalistic writing.
  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • InDesign for Newspapers: Learn about how to use InDesign to make great pages. This is our newspaper design course for beginners.
  • Creative Illustration Techniques: Create dynamic, exciting illustrations for your print, online or video publication using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.
  • Yearbook Kickstart: Will you be a member of your yearbook staff for the first time this coming year? This is a great class for you.
  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.

I'm in middle school.

We’ve designed a class just for you! The Middle School Journalism Experience is for students in grades 6-8 who is interested in reporting and journalism. You’ll get an overview on how to report the news, including writing and design.

I've taken an introductory course to journalism/media, but haven't been a staff member yet.

If you already have some background knowledge in journalism, we recommend these classes.

ADVERTISING & BUSINESS

  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.

CREATIVE DESIGN & GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION

  • InDesign for Newspapers: Learn about how to use InDesign to make great pages. This is our newspaper design course for beginners.
  • Creative Illustration Techniques: Create dynamic, exciting illustrations for your print, online or video publication using Photoshop and Illustrator.

WRITING

  • Opinion Coverage: Learn how to express your opinion clearly and responsibly through different styles of opinion writing.
  • Sports Coverage: Learn how to cover your favorite sports in this writing class.
  • Entertainment Coverage: You’ll explore different styles of writing used to coverage entertainment.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.

BROADCAST TV

  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.

YEARBOOK THEME & CONCEPTS

  • Yearbook Kickstart: Will you be a member of your yearbook staff for the first time this coming year? This is a great class for you. It will provide you with a foundation in creating content for yearbooks.

I've been a student media staff member, but for a year or less.

If you have one year or less of experience on your student newspaper, yearbook, broadcast program or news website, we recommend these classes.

ADVERTISING & BUSINESS

  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.

CREATIVE DESIGN & GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION

  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • InDesign for Newspapers: Learn about how to use InDesign to make great pages. This is our newspaper design course for beginners.
  • Advanced InDesign for Newspapers: If you already know some InDesign, consider taking this course to take your skills to the next level.
  • Creative Illustration Techniques: Create dynamic, exciting illustrations for your print, online or video publication using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Illustrator & Information Graphics: You’ll create information graphics and explore ways of visualizing information using photos and drawings.

WRITING

  • Opinion Coverage: Learn how to express your opinion clearly and responsibly through different styles of opinion writing.
  • Sports Coverage: Learn how to cover your favorite sports in this writing class.
  • Entertainment Coverage: You’ll explore different styles of writing used to coverage entertainment.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background.

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.

BROADCAST TV

  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.

DIGITAL MEDIA & WEB

  • Explore one of our writing or photography classes.

YEARBOOK THEME & CONCEPTS

  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.

I'm an experienced staff member and have worked on student media for a year or more.

If you’re an experienced staff member with a year or more of experience, consider one of these classes.

ADVERTISING & BUSINESS

  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.

CREATIVE DESIGN & GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION

  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • Advanced InDesign for Newspapers: If you already know some InDesign, consider taking this course to take your skills to the next level.
  • You’re Designing the Newspaper: You already know InDesign pretty well, so let’s put the software to use! Learn tips and techniques to make your newspaper look its best.
  • Creative Illustration Techniques: Create dynamic, exciting illustrations for your print, online or video publication using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Illustrator & Information Graphics: You’ll create information graphics and explore ways of visualizing information using photos and drawings.
  • Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge: Go beyond design to think holistically about your newspaper. Learn cutting edge writing and design and explore content, concepts and trends that can take your newspaper to a new level.

WRITING

  • Consider taking one of our core writing courses to improve your skills: Entertainment Coverage, Feature Coverage, Opinion Coverage or Sports Coverage.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background.

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.

BROADCAST TV

  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.

DIGITAL MEDIA & WEB

  • Website Boost Camp: This class will get take your staff to the next level of digital reporting, looking at the latest resources to help expand your online coverage and update your website.

YEARBOOK THEME & CONCEPTS

  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge: Develop a theme for your yearbook and concentrate on cutting-edge writing and design that can take your yearbook to a new level.

LEADERSHIP

  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.
  • News Editors: If you are going to be an editor at your newspaper or news website, take this class to learn about how coach writers, determine content and refine design.
  • Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge: Learn cutting edge writing and design and explore content, concepts and trends that can take your newspaper to a new level.

I'm going to have a leadership position on my student media staff.

So you’re going to be a leader on your student media staff. Congratulations! Take one of these classes to hone your leadership skills and take your student media outlet to the next level. Click on the class name to learn more.

  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.
  • Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge: Learn cutting edge writing and design and explore content, concepts and trends that can take your newspaper to a new level.
  • News Editors: If you are going to be an editor at your newspaper or news website, take this class to learn about how coach writers, determine content and refine design.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background. This would be a great class for editors who want to focus most on improving their writing.
  • You’re Designing the Newspaper: You already know InDesign pretty well, so let’s put the software to use! Learn tips and techniques to make your newspaper look its best. This is a great class for the design editor.
  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.
  • Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge: Develop a theme for your yearbook and concentrate on cutting-edge writing and design that can take your yearbook to a new level.
  • Yearbook Editors-in-Chief: Learn to coach writers and study content and design. If you have members of your staff in Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge or other yearbook classes, you’ll get opportunities to coordinate your work with them.
  • Website Boost Camp: This class will get take your staff to the next level of digital reporting, looking at the latest resources to help expand your online coverage.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

I'm graduating from high school and want some more experience before starting college.

Did you know you could come back to the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop the summer after you graduate? We have classes that can help you build your portfolio and give you experience that puts you ahead of the rest of your college freshman peers. Click on the class name for more information.

  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for students with a solid journalistic writing background.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

What type of media interests you most?

Newspaper

Here are classes that might interest you if you are most interested in newspapers. Click on the name of the class to learn more.

  • Middle School Journalism Experience: This class is designed for students in grades 6-8 who are interested in news reporting and journalism.
  • Writing & Packaging the News: This is a great class for a high school student who has never taken a journalism course. The emphasis of this course is on reporting and writing. It’s great for students who plan to join the staff of their student newspaper or news website this coming school year, or for those who want to learn the basics of journalistic writing.
  • Opinion Coverage: Learn how to express your opinion clearly and responsibly through different styles of opinion writing.
  • Sports Coverage: Learn how to cover your favorite sports in this writing class.
  • Entertainment Coverage: You’ll explore different styles of writing used to coverage entertainment.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background.
  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.
  • InDesign for Newspapers: Learn about how to use InDesign to make great pages. This is our newspaper design course for beginners.
  • Advanced InDesign for Newspapers: If you already know some InDesign, consider taking this course to take your skills to the next level.
  • You’re Designing the Newspaper: You already know InDesign pretty well, so let’s put the software to use! Learn tips and techniques to make your newspaper look its best.
  • Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge: Learn cutting edge writing and design and explore content, concepts and trends that can take your newspaper to a new level.
  • News Editors: If you are going to be an editor at your newspaper, take this class to learn about how coach writers, determine content and refine design.
  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

If your newspaper has a website, you might also be interested in:

  • Website Boost Camp: This class will get take your staff to the next level of digital reporting, looking at the latest resources to help expand your online coverage and update your website.

Yearbook

If you love yearbook, we have some great classes for you.

  • Yearbook Kickstart: Will you be a member of your yearbook staff for the first time this coming year? This is a great class for you.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background.
  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.
  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge: Develop a theme for your yearbook and concentrate on cutting-edge writing and design that can take your yearbook to a new level.
  • Yearbook Editors-in-Chief: Learn to coach writers and study content and design. If you have members of your staff in Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge or other yearbook classes, you’ll get opportunities to coordinate your work with them.
  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

Broadcast TV Production

Whether you’re already part of a broadcast production at your school or you dream of being on TV, we have classes to help you build your skills. Click on the class name to learn more.

  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

Online News/News Website

Whether you’re interested in writing, design, photography, video, social media or being a leader, we have a class that’s the right fit for you. Click on the class name for details.

  • Middle School Journalism Experience: This class is designed for students in grades 6-8 who are interested in news reporting and journalism. It will include how to use various technologies to report the news.
  • Writing & Packaging the News: This is a great class for a high school student who has never taken a journalism course. The emphasis of this course is on reporting and writing. It’s great for students who plan to join the staff of their student newspaper or news website this coming school year, or for those who want to learn the basics of journalistic writing.
  • Opinion Coverage: Learn how to express your opinion clearly and responsibly through different styles of opinion writing.
  • Sports Coverage: Learn how to cover your favorite sports in this writing class.
  • Entertainment Coverage: You’ll explore different styles of writing used to coverage entertainment.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.
  • Creative Illustration Techniques: Create dynamic, exciting illustrations for your print, online or video publication using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Illustrator & Information Graphics: You’ll create information graphics and explore ways of visualizing information using photos and drawings.
  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.
  • News Editors: If you are going to be an editor at your newspaper or news website, take this class to learn about how coach writers, determine content and refine design.
  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.
  • Website Boost Camp: This class will get take your staff to the next level of digital reporting, looking at the latest resources to help expand your online coverage and update your website.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

I am most interested in this topic:

Writing

Here are classes that might interest you if you are most interested in writing.

  • Middle School Journalism Experience: This class is designed for students in grades 6-8 who are interested in news reporting and journalism.
  • Writing & Packaging the News: This is a great class for a high school student who has never taken a journalism course. The emphasis of this course is on reporting and writing. It’s great for students who plan to join the staff of their student newspaper or news website this coming school year, or for those who want to learn the basics of journalistic writing.
  • Opinion Coverage: Learn how to express your opinion clearly and responsibly through different styles of opinion writing.
  • Sports Coverage: Learn how to cover your favorite sports in this writing class.
  • Entertainment Coverage: You’ll explore different styles of writing used to coverage entertainment.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

Design

If you love design, we have some great classes for you.

  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • InDesign for Newspapers: Learn about how to use InDesign to make great pages. This is our newspaper design course for beginners.
  • Advanced InDesign for Newspapers: If you already know some InDesign, consider taking this course to take your skills to the next level.
  • You’re Designing the Newspaper: You already know InDesign pretty well, so let’s put the software to use! Learn tips and techniques to make your newspaper look its best.
  • Creative Illustration Techniques: Create dynamic, exciting illustrations for your print, online or video publication using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Illustrator & Information Graphics: You’ll create information graphics and explore ways of visualizing information using photos and drawings.

Yearbook

If you love yearbook, we have some great classes for you.

  • Yearbook Kickstart: Will you be a member of your yearbook staff for the first time this coming year? This is a great class for you.
  • Feature Coverage: Explore feature styles of writing in this course. This is a great writing class for students who work on their newspaper, yearbook or news website.
  • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience: This is a class for seniors, juniors and advanced sophomores with a solid journalistic writing background.
  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DLSR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.
  • Advanced Yearbook Design: If you already know a little bit about yearbook design and your yearbook’s design software, this class will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge: Develop a theme for your yearbook and concentrate on cutting-edge writing and design that can take your yearbook to a new level.
  • Yearbook Editors-in-Chief: Learn to coach writers and study content and design. If you have members of your staff in Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge or other yearbook classes, you’ll get opportunities to coordinate your work with them.
  • Money Matters: Are you most interested in advertising and business issues? Whether you’re going to be the business manager, or just have an interest in the business side of a student media outlet, this is the class for you.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

Advertising and/or Business Management

We all know what it takes to support a student media outlet or other school organization — money! And we’ve also got the tactics and successful business management practices you can use to make money for your student organization. Whether you’re the business manager, an ad designer or interested in pursuing your own business ventures, this class is for you!

  • Money Matters

Social Media

Are you interested in using social media as a journalism tool? Try one of these classes.

  • Website Boost Camp: This class will get take your staff to the next level of digital reporting, looking at the latest resources to help expand your online coverage and update your website.
  • The Upstart: The Upstart is the official student media outlet of MIPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop. This elite group of student journalists covers the workshop and learns advanced journalism techniques.

Sports

If you’re interested in sports journalism, consider one of these classes.

  • Sports Coverage: Learn how to cover your favorite sports in this writing class.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.

Photography

Whether you’re a beginning photography with only a smartphone or an advanced photographer with a DSLR, we have a class that fits your needs.

  • Beyond the Basics: This a great class for students who are interested in photography, but don’t have much experience taking photos.
  • Shoot Like a Pro: If you already have a DSLR camera and are pretty comfortable with the manual settings, this class might be right for you.
  • Sports Photography: This class is for experienced staff photographers with a strong interest in shooting various sports activities.

Television or Broadcasting

Smile, you’re on camera! Or maybe you’d rather be behind the camera? Either way, we have classes that will interest you.

  • Broadcast Boot Camp: Interested in being an on-air talent or working behind the scenes in TV? This is a great class for all experience levels.